Hurricane Amanda breaks a record for May

SACRAMENTO (News10) – The Pacific hurricane season, which started May 15, is off to a record-breaking start. Hurricane Amanda had winds up to 154 miles per hour, making it the strongest hurricane in May for the eastern Pacific.

The storm quickly turned from a tropical storm, which carries winds less than 74 miles per hour, to the top end of a category 4 hurricane.

A category 5 is the strongest hurricane possible on the Saffir-Simpson scale. As a category 5 storm, steady winds are above 155 miles per hour. This graphic shows the Saffir-Simpson wind scale. The scale categorizes hurricanes according to the intensity of the winds and the potential damage the storms can cause.

The storm is not expected to reach North America. As the storm moves over cooler water and the wind, it will continue to weaken.

The next name on the list is Boris.


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